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CCA 2015 20172019
CHINESE ORCHESTRA Certificate of Distinction Certificate of AccomplishmentCertificate of Distinction 
SYMPHONIC BAND Certificate of Distinction Certificate of DistinctionCertificate of Accomplishment
MODERN DANCE Certificate of Distinction Certificate of DistinctionCertificate of Distinction 
CHOIRCertificate of Distinction  Certificate of AccomplishmentCertificate of Accomplishment 
Certificate of Distinction  Certificate of DistinctionCertificate of Distinction 

Chinese Orchestra

The CHINESE ORCHESTRA Programme in schools has actively developed over the past few years to become a core CCA and to provide avenues for students to develop their musical talents in an ethnic instrument.

Today, 44 primary schools, 55 secondary schools and 15 junior colleges have Chinese orchestra as a CCA. Apart from school-based and public performances, exchange programmes and oversea tours are also increasingly becoming regular items on the diet of many schools' Chinese orchestra programmes.

To promote and enrich the Chinese orchestra programme in schools, the CCA Branch organises the following educational projects on an annual basis:

1) Chinese Orchestra Music Camp - to expose our Chinese orchestra members to learn and perform with the professional players from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

2) Chinese Orchestra Leadership Camp - to provide students with basic training in leadership, management and conducting skills so that they can better assist their teachers and instructors in the running of the orchestra.

3) MOE-SCO Lunch time concert series - to showcase the students' musical talent to the public. This event will enable students to develop their self-confidence and also enrich their experience in the performing arts.

4) Professional Development Workshops - Workshops are also organised for teachers-in-charge to better assist them in the management of the CCA.

Symphonic Band

The SCHOOL BAND is a mandatory CCA (Co-Curricular Activity) in all secondary schools. Having garnered more than 30 years of band-making, the school bands in Singapore have become more sophisticated with bands playing symphonic as well as transcribed orchestral works. The repertoire has since become more interesting and varied.

The CCA Branch of the Ministry of Education organises the Central Judging of Concert Bands (Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges) and Central Judging of Display Bands (Secondary Schools) and the Assessment of Marching Bands (Secondary Schools) in alternate years.

Opportunities also abound for our bands as they participate in national events such as National Day Observance Ceremony, Singapore Youth Festival Opening Ceremony as well as international competitions such as the Singapore International Band Festival.  


CHOIR is an integral part of the Co-Curricular Activities Programme in schools (Primary, Secondary & Junior Colleges). To date, there are about 60% and 70% of Primary and Secondary/JC advocating Choral as part of their school’s CCA Programme respectively.

Whilst schools have the autonomy to design their choral programme, they should share the the following components: a focus on training the human voice, the music making process and a passion for music.

More and more educators are recognizing the need for singing in education. The choral experience develops discipline, attention to detail, teamwork, and self and social awareness amongst many other positive outcomes. When choruses sing together, they promote cultural excellence, community and national pride.

The development of the choirs in Singapore has increased in the recent years. Besides the increase in participation rate in SYF Central Judging for choirs, many excellent choirs have taken the world stage in prestigious overseas competitions and festivals (e.g. Choir Olympics, International Choir Festival, International estival of Advent)

The SYF Central Judging of Choirs maintains as an important benchmarking process for choirs. This bi-annual process conducted by the Co-Curricular Branch aims to provide a platform for schools to be assessed by a panel of adjudicators, set standards for the school choirs in Singapore and benchmark for schools to improve.

Modern Dance

DANCE as a form of the arts has a character and identity of its own and cannot simply be regarded as another sport or a form of gymnastics. Its long history as an independent art in human society, and the unique roles it plays in cultures throughout the world, mean that it must be understood in its own right.

On many levels, dance is a genuine form of exercise and a learning experience. Apart from promoting the joy of self-expression, the act of dancing is a great form of cardio-vascular exercise known to increase self-confidence and self-esteem.

Dance also improves posture, tones and strengthens the body. Skills required for effectiveness in everyday living, including self-motivation, leadership, teamwork, communication and time management are other positive outcomes of dance education.

Dance as an art has a significant role to play in the holistic education in our schools. Even if a child can never carry his efforts far enough to realise dance in its highest forms, he should still be granted the chance to experience the joy of the rhythmic sense of free, controlled and expressive movement, and through this, be led to discover an important part of life.


Drama and theatre is the branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience. Through this art form, a student will develop confidence and communication skills. This would come in handy in many ways throughout their school life and even beyond. While adopting different perspectives, students will be able to reach new conclusions and in turn, develop values like empathy and team work. Working collaboratively, trusting others by sharing their thoughts and being open - and in return, being respectful through constructive criticism - is what makes drama so effective in developing the student as a whole. 

In Woodgrove Secondary School, the Drama Club not on work on their performance skills, but also on important and valuable skills behind the scenes. From creative aspects such as script writing and directing, to technical skills like stage management, or lights and sound control, students have various opportunities to explore and delve further into their area of interest. 

Through this experience, the drama students of Woodgrove Secondary School will graduate well-equipped to explore their future with grace and confidence. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Updated March 2019